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The Jewish Federation of Tulsa is built on three strategic Initiatives: 

  • Community Engagement

  • Ensuring the Jewish Future

  • Caring for People in Need

JFT programming and services fall under one or more of these initiatives. These pillars represent our values and explain the depth, breadth, and scope of our work. These initiatives tell our Federation story.

Community Engagement

JFT endeavors to create leaders, advocates, and compassionate constituents through educational opportunities, cultural events, experiential learning, and the exchange of resources with our organization and a variety of other agencies.

Federation Committees

Are you interested in getting involved with the Jewish Federation of Tulsa, but have limited time to commit? If you are a member of JFT and in good standing, you are eligible to join one of our committees, which meet monthly or quarterly.

Annual Campaign

Alix Liiv Caplan, Deputy Director of Operations
Brian Brouse, Chair

The Annual Campaign is the vehicle that drives our community of supporters and an extraordinary network of programs and agencies that care for people in need, strengthen Jewish identity and education, build a strong and vibrant Jewish community, and encourage innovation in Tulsa, Israel, and around the world.  Campaign volunteers create ways to engage, solicit perspective donors, and work to create a stronger Federation. Special campaigns are launched when events demand an immediate response from the American Jewish community.
Meeting frequency:  Monthly

Budget and Allocations

Jared Goldfarb, Chair

The Budget and Allocations Committee receives, reviews, and analyzes information concerning the activities, programs, and performances of those local and national charitable entities and organizations requesting contributions or subventions from the Federation. 
Meeting frequency:  As necessary

The Charles Schusterman Jewish Community Center

Paul Brodsky, Chair

The CSJCC Committee is responsible for Center programming and activities.  The CSJCC Committee promotes Jewish values and the enrichment of Jewish life and provides health, recreation, and leisure-time programming for our community. 
Meeting frequency:  As necessary

Community Relations Committee

Andrew Spector, Chair

The Federation’s Community Relations Committee is the instrument by which Jewish interests in public life is served.  It also serves as the expression of Jewish conscience on matters of communal concern, i.e., combating anti-Semitism, promoting Jewish-Interfaith relations, and working with the media and public offices. 
Meeting frequency:  Monthly

Facilities

Mark Lobo, Chair

The Facilities Committee determines, analyzes, and makes recommendations to the board of directors with respect to major upkeep, maintenance, repair, renovation, and betterment of the physical plant, offices, and other facilities owned or occupied by the Federation. 
Meeting frequency:  As necessary

Institute of Adult Jewish Studies

Mindy Prescott, Director of Special Projects

The Institute of Adult Jewish Studies is our community’s best effort to meet the challenge of continuing education for the Jews of Tulsa.  This is a partnership with Congregation B’nai Emunah, Temple Israel, the Charles Schusterman Jewish Community Center, and the Jewish Federation of Tulsa.
Meeting frequency:  As necessary

Investment

Larry Feldman, Chair

The Investment Committee recommends and implements investment policies with respect to the safekeeping, investment, and reinvestment of the funds and securities of the Federation.  Meeting frequency:  Quarterly

Israel

Itzik Levin, Chair

The Israel Committee is responsible for the quality of the relationship of Tulsa’s Jewish community to Israel by developing, coordinating, and providing resources. 
Meeting frequency:  As necessary

Jewish Federation of Tulsa Foundation

Andrew Wolov, Chair

The JFT Foundation makes it possible for individuals and families to provide for the changing and future needs of our people.  Gifts to the Foundation ensure that the inevitable passage of time does not interrupt the convictions, the good deeds, and the works of individuals long after they are gone. 
Meeting frequency:  Quarterly

Personnel

Ed Sherman, Chair

The Personnel Committee has general supervision over the personnel and employment needs of the Federation. 
Meeting frequency:  As necessary

Programming

Lori Lieb-Rosas, Co-Chair
Jennifer Joels, Co-Chair

The purpose of the programming committee is to assist with the creation and implementation of all programs offered by the JFT. 
Meeting frequency:  Monthly

Social Services

Lori Frank, Chair

The Social Services Committee assists local families and individuals in crisis and helps transient Jews in trouble. 
Meeting frequency:  As necessary.

Tulsa Jewish Review

Debbie O’Hearn, Editor

The Tulsa Jewish Review Committee helps curate content and offers input on the Tulsa Jewish Review magazine once a month to keep the community informed on local events. 
Meeting frequency:  As necessary.

Feeding the Soul

Using food as a vehicle to explore identity, culture, and tradition, participants enjoy food from Tulsa’s restaurants and hear from local chefs about their culinary journey. For more information, please contact Isabella Silberg.

Council for Holocaust Education

We believe that everyone should know about the Holocaust. Holocaust education programs provide education and resources to help educators and students study the history of the Holocaust.

What is the Council for Holocaust Education?

The Council for Holocaust Education exists to assist and coordinate the Holocaust educational efforts of teachers and students in the greater Tulsa area and beyond.

The Council is a committee of volunteers from across the community with administrative and financial support provided by the Jewish Federation of Tulsa (JFT), The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art and the Eva Unterman Holocaust Education Fund.   The Council focuses on Holocaust commemoration and education of the Tulsa community through several venues.  Among these are:

  • Coordinating Holocaust education efforts and curriculum development with teachers in the greater Tulsa area;
  • Providing scholarships to area teachers seeking to further their knowledge about the Holocaust;
  • Hosting the annual Interfaith Yom Hashoah Commemoration event; Remembering Kristallnacht event; Kristallnacht and Yom HaShoah Art Contests; White Rose Essay Contest; Eva K. Unterman Summer Institute and Community Book Discussions;
  • Partnering with other community organizations to support events associated with Holocaust remembrance and education: Tulsa City-County Library (TCCL), Circle Cinema; The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art, and the Sanditen/Kaiser Holocaust Center;
  • Providing an Educators’ Committee of experienced Holocaust educators in secondary and higher education to advise the Council on pedagogical aspects of Holocaust programming;
  • Maintaining and continuing to build relationships with interfaith and community groups to promote respect and acceptance.

The Eva Unterman Holocaust Education Fund

In Memory of Dawid Sierakowiak

The mission of The Eva Unterman Holocaust Education Fund in memory of Dawid Sierakowiak is to promote and provide funding for projects that foster understanding, education, and commemoration of the Holocaust that benefit the Oklahoma schools, communities, and beyond.

This endowment fund of the Jewish Federation of Tulsa honors Eva Unterman, a child survivor of the ghetto and camps, whose leadership in implementing and supporting Holocaust education has brought the lessons of the Holocaust to countless teachers, students, and community members. Her annual Interfaith Yom HaShoah Commemoration began in 1998 and continues to the present.

At Eva’s request, the fund is dedicated to the memory of Dawid Sierakowiak, whose diary recounts the hopes and suffering he experienced in the Lodz Ghetto before his death at the age of nineteen.

Eva has memories of a young man who came to the ghetto rooms her family called home and tutored her in Hebrew. She believes that this young man was Dawid Sierakowiak.

 “I was so fortunate to have survived and I feel a real obligation to tell my story for David Sierakowiak and all the other children who died in the Holocaust.   
-Eva Unterman

To Learn more about Eva Unterman and the Fund click here

To Donate To The Eva Unterman Holocaust Education Fund click here

White Rose Essay Contest

For Middle, Jr. High, and High School Students

Submission deadline: Thursday, April 1, 2021

2020-2021 ESSAY PROMPT:

Consider the following: A common misconception of the Holocaust is that Jews went ”like sheep to the slaughter.” However, Jewish resistance to the Nazi onslaught came in a variety of ways. Practicing one’s faith in secret, smuggling food and weapons, forging documents, writing diaries, rebelling with no hope of success were all forms of resistance.

  1. Although much is written about men, women also played a significant role in resistance. Your task is to research two Jewish women resistors; one who took up arms, and one who resisted by other means. Describe their actions and explain the significance of their accomplishments.
  2. Next, research a contemporary female resistor. Describe her actions and explain the significance of her accomplishments.
  3. Finally, explain how remembering these brave women can inspire you and/or your fellow students to act in the face of evil and injustice.

2020 Kristallnacht and 2021 Yom HaShoah Art Competitions

November 8, 2020 and April 22, 2021

*Note:  Due to the present COVID-19 restrictions, the following art competitions will still be offered, but the ceremonies surrounding the art being displayed may be different than those described below.   Teachers and Artists will be informed of changes in the stated policies.                  

Who
All middle and high school students in the Tulsa area are eligible to enter the contests.

What
Kristallnacht Art Contest; Yom HaShoah Art Contest

The 2020 Kristallnacht Art Contest will focus on the fate of those Jews who found it impossible to leave after Kristallnacht. Our title will be: “Kristallnacht:  Broken Glass, Broken Lives.”

The 2021 Yom HaShoah Art Contest will focus on women who resisted during the Holocaust. Our title will be: “Choosing to Act:  Jewish Women’s Resistance During the Holocaust.”

Where
Locations where artwork will be displayed

Kristallnacht artwork will be displayed in the Jewish Federation’s Sylvan Auditorium, 2021 E. 71st St.

Yom HaShoah artwork will be displayed at Congregation B’nai Emunah, 1719 S. Owasso Ave., Tulsa.

When
Contests Dates

Kristallnacht artwork can be set up on Friday, November 6 from 3:00pm – 5:00 pm and/or Saturday, November 7 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm for display.  Judging will take place at 5:00 pm Saturday, November 7.  Winners will be announced and prize money awarded at the event on Sunday, November 8 at 2:00 pm.

Yom Hashoah artwork can be set up on Tuesday, April 20 and/or Wednesday, April 21 from 3:00-5:00 pm for display.  Judging will take place at 6:00 pm Wednesday April 21, and winners will be announced at the event on Thursday, April 22. 

For more information about the Kristallnacht and Yom HaShoah Art Competitions click here.

For required artwork identity plate, click here.

Institute of Adult Jewish Studies

The Institute of Adult Jewish Studies is our community’s best effort to meet the challenge of continuing education for the Tulsa Jewish community.

For more than three decades, Temple Israel, Congregation B’nai Emunah, the Charles Schusterman Jewish Community Center, and the Jewish Federation of Tulsa have pooled their resources to provide the highest quality and best variety of courses for the members of our Jewish community.

Over the years, we have seen the Institute of Adult Jewish Studies change and pivot to meet the needs of the community and its interests. Right now, is one of those times. The Institute of Adult Jewish Studies is getting a facelift. Please be patient as the committee works to rebrand Adult Institute. For more information, please contact Mindy Prescott.

Israel and the Diaspora

Exploring the differences and similarities between Diaspora Jewry and Israeli Jewry and figuring out ways to strengthen both communities. Please contact Isabella Silberg for more information.

Ladies Who Lunch

On the 3rd Monday of each month at noon, women of all ages meet at a chosen restaurant for a social gathering. Each person pays their own check.  Please contact Mindy Prescott for more information.

Men's Club

For men of all ages, join us at noon on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month for a speaker and lunch program. Since we currently can’t meet in person, we have continued this wonderful club by meeting on Zoom. Please contact Mindy Prescott for more information.

Oklahoma Jewish Film Festival

Conceived as a partnership between Circle Cinema, the Jewish Federation of Tulsa, and The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art, the Oklahoma Jewish Film Festival is a celebration of Jewish film. Tickets are $10 per film. Stay tuned for our Drive in Festival this fall. For more information, please contact Mindy Prescott.

Drive in Movie Night is Sunday, October 18 at 6:30pm and Wednesday, October 21 at 6:30pm.

Rosh Chodesh

JFT’s sisterhood. Women meet during the new moon to talk about issues through personal, spiritual, and ritual celebration. For more information, please contact Isabella Silberg.

Tuesday, November 17 is the next Rosh Chodesh on “Women in Politics”. 

Shlichut Program

Building Living Bridges to Israel

In partnership with the Jewish Agency, a select group of outstanding emissaries travel to different cities across the country and provide a living connection to Israel by promoting Israeli experiences, facilitating Jewish social activism, and speaking authentically about Israeli faith and culture.

Tulsa is one of the few cities that participates in this incredible partnership.

The Shlichim is responsible for:

  • Meeting with different faith and cultural organizations to bridge an understanding about Jews and Israeli life.
  • Lecturing and presenting in churches, civic organizations, universities, public and private schools throughout Oklahoma.
  • Teaching courses at the Institute of Adult Jewish Studies and Midrasha.
  • Working closely with Congregation B’nai Emunah, Temple Israel, and the Charles Schusterman Jewish Community Center to combine resources and offer support and strength to the Jewish community.
  • Providing numerous cultural and educational opportunities for the Jewish and broader Tulsa community.

For more information on travel to Israel or Israel programming, contact our Schlicha Chen Shoval. 

Trivia Night

An informal and fun competition held at the Sylvan Auditorium where teams battle to see who has the greatest knowledge. Proceeds go to the Dave Sylvan Camp Scholarship Fund and JFT Programs and Services. For more information, please contact Isabella Silberg or Martha Kelley.

Trivia Night for 2021 is Saturday, February 6 at 7pm.

Ensuring the Jewish Future

Jewish continuity is about creating a rich Jewish future for our children and our children’s children. This future is built on what we do today, so JFT creates opportunities for people of all ages to participate and celebrate Jewish life and connect with the community and Israel. We have a multipronged approach to building, supporting, and sustaining our Jewish community. JFT helps answer the hard questions. What role is Judaism going to play in your life? How do you build a Jewish network? How can we provide you with Jewish confidence through Jewish competence?

BBYO

BBYO is the leading pluralistic teen movement aspiring to involve more Jewish teens in more meaningful Jewish experiences. For over 95 years, BBYO has provided exceptional identity enrichment and leadership development experiences for hundreds of thousands of Jewish teens. 

For more information, please contact David Finer

To learn more about BBYO, please click here.

Be A Lighthouse: Mentor/Mentee Program

Providing resources, support, and mentors to new and returning Tulsan’s to strengthen Jewish engagement.  This is in partnership with Tulsa Tomorrow.

For more information, please contact Isabella Silberg or Bekah Kantor.

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Camp Shalom

Camp Shalom, Greene Family Camp and Camp Ramah

We believe it’s important for every Jewish kid to experience summer camp. That is why we offer scholarships for Jewish children in Tulsa to have the summer of their lives at one of our many camp partners. Sign up at Bnai Emunah or Temple Israel.  

Hillel OU and Hillel TU

Your Jewish journey doesn’t have to end when you get to college. Hillel welcomes students of all backgrounds and fosters an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel.

Hillel OU and Hillel TU 

PJ Library and PJ Library events

PJ Library is an international, award-winning Jewish family engagement program designed to strengthen the identities of Jewish families and their relationship to Jewish community.

The name, “PJ,” stands for “pajamas” and invokes that time at the end of the day when parents and children strengthen their bond through love and learning by cuddling up with a book.

The PJ Library initiative is building a stronger Jewish people by investing in our future. At this time when many young families in our society are exploring how they want to raise their children, PJ Library books and music arrive in families’ homes, offering resources for making Jewish choices and establishing Jewish connections. With intermarriage hovering at 50 percent, there is great opportunity to educate more parents, and thus their children, in the priceless stories of Jewish traditions, values, and heritage. PJ Library engages young people in playful stories of Judaism, thus planting seeds in fertile minds.

We have also launched PJ Library events, where we create opportunities for kids and parents to explore ways to connect and interact, and exchange resources and experiences. By providing these books and opportunities to connect without cost, PJ Library aims to help families explore the timeless core values of Judaism and to transmit these values to the next generation.

PJ Library offers the gift of high-quality Jewish books and music each month, reaching approximately 110,000 children in more than 185 communities in the United States and Canada. Nearly 200,000 preschool children also receive books through “Sifriyat Pijama,” PJ Library’s sister program in Israel. The program was created by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation which funds institutions and programs that directly transmit Jewish learning to children, adults, and families and was inspired by Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library which sends books to children in underprivileged areas of the US.

If you’re the parent, grandparent, or guardian of a Jewish Tulsa area child between the ages of six months to eight years, sign up today! Visit www.PJLibrary.org to sign up, or for local assistance, call Mindy Prescott at 918.495.1100. 

Tulsa Jewish Young Professionals

Engaging Jewish young professionals to foster community and meet and mingle with other Jews through social activities and events.

Programs include happy hours, a summer soiree, social gatherings at bars, restaurants, yoga and fitness studios and coffee shops.

For more information, please contact Isabella Silberg.

Caring for People in Need

JFT leverages the strength of our community to provide aid to people in need.  Our work includes assisting in emergencies and connecting people to the skills and services necessary to be self-sufficient, decrease isolation, and ensure their dignity.

 

Community Garden

The vision behind the JFT Community Garden is to educate the community on the importance of local food production and provide produce to those in need. The JFT garden has been about increasing access to highly nutritious, fresh, and organic food in a way that maintains dignity, builds community, and celebrates diversity.

The design was specific. Its shape is that of a hexagram, the compound of two equilateral triangles, which makes up the Star of David.

Partnership with the Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma  

Every month of the growing season, we drop off produce at the Food Bank, freshly picked from our garden.  At times, we have supplied up to 2000 lbs. of produce in a single year.

Partnership with Women in Recovery

We are particularly excited about partnering with Women in Recovery through Family and Children’s Services. We provide these women with life-long skills, teaching them how to grow their own produce and how to feed their family on a budget.

We get the volunteers we need to help maintain our garden, while these women gain a sense of empowerment and we all work together to strengthen the Tulsa community. 

Partnership with Junior League of Tulsa

We are thrilled to partner with the Junior League of Tulsa once again. JFT participates in their Impact Project, devoted to ending the cycle of poverty in the Tulsa community through hands-on education and community-based programs. The JLT ladies give of their time in planting, harvesting, and learning about gardening, nutrition, and food and hunger issues. They are encouraged to connect with other volunteers from Women in Recovery. All the food goes to the Food Bank bi-weekly.

The next Garden class “Helping our Pollinator Friends”, will be on Sunday, November 1 at 2pm.

For more information, please contact Debbie O’Hearn.

Social Services

Rooted in Jewish traditions, we provide monetary support for financial emergencies and mental health crisis.  All information is strictly confidential.  Please contact Mindy Prescott at 918.935.3662 for further information.

Special Projects

JFT supports quarterly community service projects that help benefit local organizations that service those in need. Some of the special projects and donation drives include:

  • Coat Drive
  • Back to School Drive
  • Food Drive
  • Pet Drive


Please contact Falisha Brown for more information or 918 495-1100.